Agenda Item No


Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 3rd September 2013


Report of the Managing Director


Improvement Plan 2013/14


Purpose of the Report

1.             To present the draft Improvement Plan 2013/14 which contains performance and improvement information for improvement objectives agreed in April 2012.


That the Committee endorses the Improvement Plan for 2013/14.

Reason for the Recommendation

To ensure that actions are taken to improve the performance of the council.


2.             The Council's Part 1 Improvement Plan for 2012/13 was agreed by Cabinet on 18 April 2012; this is required by the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009. The Part 1 Plan is forward looking, and set improvement objectives for 2012/13.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             The Part 2 Improvement Plan (attached at appendix A) is a document primarily looking back over 2012/13. It contains key performance measures along with and targets and actions for 2012/13. Where available, it contains Welsh average performance for benchmarking purposes.

4.             The performance information will be used by the Wales Audit Office to assess the council’s capacity to improve, and therefore is of critical importance to the reputation of the council.

5.             The Plan is substantially complete, although further minor amendments will be required following additional information being provided by chief officers, changes to performance information provided by the Local Government Data Unit and from proofreading. This information will need to be included prior to the final draft being presented to Cabinet.

6.             The Economy and Environment Committee will primarily be interested in objective 4.

7.             Objective 4: To increase recycling rates in order to achieve the Welsh Government target for 2012-2013.

8.             This objective has been fully achieved, although work will continue to recycle and reuse more of our waste.

9.             In order to increase participation, there has been an increased focus on making it easier for households to recycle. The launch of weekly co-mingled household kerbside recycling collections since September 2011 has shown an increase of between 30 - 40% in recycling tonnage.

10.        Through proactive initiatives such as 'what’s in your bin’ campaigns, road shows, door knocking and media campaigns targeting these areas, the service has seen an increase in participation and recycling capture rates in previously poor performing areas of the Vale. 

11.        For more information, turn to page 19 in the plan.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

12.        The production of the Improvement Plan is a major annual project that involves a considerable amount of time from officers. The cost of producing the plan and publishing a bilingual summary in October is met through existing budgets.  

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

13.        Sustainability issues have been taken into account as part of the process for selecting the improvement objectives.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

14.        The Improvement Plan is a statutory duty under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009, along with a duty to continually improve.

Crime and Disorder Implications

15.        None as a result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

16.        The summary document provides members of the public with an opportunity to become aware of the Council’s performance and will be produced bilingually.

Corporate/Service Objectives

17.        The plan provides information on the improvement objectives agreed by the council.

Policy Framework and Budget

18.        The Improvement Plan forms a part of the Policy Framework and is required to be agreed by Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

19.        Elected Members and Corporate Management Team were involved in the selection of improvement objectives for 2012/13.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

20.        Economy and Environment

Background Papers

Reforming the Wales Programme for Improvement - Guidance to Local Authorities 2010

Corporate Plan 2010/2014

Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy 2011 - 2021

Contact Officer

Beverly Noon 01446 709746

Officers Consulted

All relevant officers have been consulted on the contents of this report:

Corporate Management Team

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director